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Welcome to NORA eNews, providing association, member and industry news for companies involved in the responsible recycling of used oil and related materials. To submit information for NORA eNews, please contact NORA at or 703-753-4277.

Register Now for the 2014 NORA Conference & Trade Show

The 2014 NORA Annual Conference & Trade Show will be held November 5-8, 2014 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

•  Register: Online or PDF Form
•  Tentative agenda
•  Sponsorship and advertisement opportunities
•  Reserve your room - Rooms 86% Sold

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Update on NORA's NHSM Petition

Last week, George Faison, the EPA official responsible for coordinating the Agency's response to NORA's petition concerning the Non Hazardous Secondary Materials rule (under the Clean Air Act) governing off-spec used oil, called NORA General Counsel Chris Harris and provided an update on the status of the petition. Mr. Faison said it was likely that EPA would approve the principal component of the petition which would allow the continuation of a market for off-spec used oil fuels burned in combustion units that have the capacity to burn both coal and oil (such as cement kilns). When implemented, the current NHSM rule will prohibit all burning of spec fuel for energy recovery -- unless EPA grants NORA's petition. Mr. Fiason said he expects action by EPA by the first or second quarter of 2015. Mr. Faison said EPA had not closely studied the other two components of NORA's petition. These other components are (1) a request that when EPA applies the off-spec criteria to the NHSM rule that it dispense with flashpoint which is not a contaminant under the Clean Air Act; and (2) a request that used oil that is classified as hazardous under RCRA but still regulated as used oil under Part 279 be deemed to be outside the scope of the NHSM rule which only governs non-hazardous secondary materials.

Whether You Call It Asphalt Flux or "VTAB":  The Market Is Being Threatened;  NORA Considering “VTAB” Position Paper

NORA members that process used oil via distillation generally create a product called “asphalt flux.”  NORA is now referring to this valuable product as Vacuum Tower Asphalt Binder (VTAB). It is produced from used oil and is typically blended with other asphalt materials, where it enhances the quality of finished products (mainly due to superior physical characteristics). Recently, some states have started to ban the use of the material. NORA has developed a draft position paper with the purpose of reversing these state bans and preventing future bans. NORA will host a call to review the position paper on August 21st.

NORA Announces Conference Topics

The NORA Conference in Puerto Rico is less than three months away. Over 400 industry leaders will gather for networking, business development and education. NORA has just released the tentative list of educational sessions that will be offered.

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NORA to Meet With EPA to Review PCB/TSCA Reform Proposal

On September 4th, representatives from NORA will meet with EPA officials to review two proposals that will reduce the liability NORA members face related to potential “PCB Hits”. One proposal would allow NORA members to voluntarily follow NORA’s Best Management Practices in exchange for the ability to handle PCB contaminated used oil in its as found condition. The second proposal would increase the markets of who could destroy PCB contaminated used oil to include re-refineries. An update on the project will be issued at the NORA conference. A mailing was sent to members recently seeking financial contributions to this important project. NORA asks that you consider donating to the project so it can continue.

NORA Member Hydrodec Signed Agreements with CEP Corporation

NORA Member Hydrodec Group plc, the cleantech industrial oil re-refining group, announced that it signed an engineering and license agreement and a technical collaboration agreement with California-based Chemical Engineering Partners (CEP). The agreements cover the engineering, planning and development for a UK lubricant oil re-refinery that will create a material source of sustainable, high quality base oil for the UK lubricant market.

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Texas Oil Recycling Center Shut Down After Two Decades

A College Station, Texas municipal recycling center will close soon. Over the last 20 years, the center has collected 45,000 gallons. The reasons for the closing is that items other than used oil have been dumped there over the years.

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NORA Member Celebrates Birthday by Handing Out Money

Adolf Peters, Regional Manager in the South Central Region with NORA Member Thermo Fluids Inc., created an unusual twist on panhandling. Instead of holding up a sign asking for money, he held up a sign asking if other people needed money.

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NORA Member Competing in the 2014 Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox Barbecue Challenge

Drew Fatzinger, Oil Operations Manager at NORA Member Eldredge Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and long-time friend Steve Stein know a surefire recipe for fun (the ingredients include succulent barbecue, friendly competition, and great people) and that’s why they competed in the Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox Barbecue Challenge on Saturday, August 9th at Citizens Bank Park. 

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NORA Marketplace

The NORA Marketplace is the liquid recycling industry's destination for companies looking to buy, sell or find items or materials. Companies that would like to place a listing in the NORA Marketplace should contact NORA at or 703-753-4277.

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For Sale

2001 Peterbilt Model 330
2013 Freightliner 108SD Truck
Alfa Laval MOPX207 Hi-Speed Disc Type Centrifuge
Flash Point Tester
Harlingen, Texas Terminal Facility for Sale
Off-Spec Used Oil For Sale
Recycled #5 Fuel Oil For Sale
Tank Farm in Phoenix, Arizona
Three Compartment 25,000 Gallon Tank


Experienced Chemical Salesman Wanted
Flash Point Tester Wanted
Recycled Mineral Spirits Wanted
Used Oil Needed

4 New Members Join NORA Since Last eNews

Welcome to NORA's newest members listed below. NORA relies heavily on word of mouth marketing. If you know a company that should be a NORA member, email

•  The Ultragen Group, LTD. (Boucherville, Quebec) 
•  University of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois) 

•  Senn Dunn Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency Company (Greensboro, NC) 
•  Western Chemical Trading (Corpus Christi, Texas)

Classic Used Oil Generator: 1955 DeSoto Sportsman

Read about the latest car in NORA's series of Classic Used Oil Generators: the 1955 DeSoto Sportsman.

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